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and natalie morales. al is at the residence of the u.s. ambassador here in london. a little later this morning he's going to be talking to our first lady michelle obama. we're going to check in with him a little later on. meanwhile, what do you think of our digs. >> amazing. >> only more exciting. the park is actually closed right now to the public. we expect there will be crowds lining up behind us for the next couple of weeks. you're starting to really feel the excitement in the air. >> a great location. you know what's behind us there. you get the lay of the land. that big white thing there, that is savannah's trailer, better known as the olympic stadium. the observation tower, the aquatic center. >> amazing chlgt you ask. >> you asked me to store your hair and makeup. >> we're going to spend a lot of time in these places. >> the pomp and pageantry under way. the famous big ben chimed nonstop for three minutes to celebrate the first official day of the olympics. right now a big crowd is at tower bridge awaiting the olympic torch to sail by on the queen's barge. whose hands will it be in? ma
of the tragic shooting in aurora, colorado as officials try to figure out if the alleged gunman used taxpayer money, intended for his education, to fund his rampage. >>> a killer whale attacking his trainer in 2006. a man dragged by his foot and held under water. incredibly he survived. we'll tell you why these images just released. >>> team "today" in the uk. with opening ceremonies a few days away we've all made our way to london today, july 25th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," countdown to the olympic games with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from olympic games with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from london, england. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. my third day here in london during the buildup to the summer olympic games. we're standing here at the tower of london. behind me the famed tower bridge with the olympic ring hanging beneath it as this city gets prepared to welcome the world here in just a couple of days. now, savann
winners for the u.s., many of them with us along with a big crowd of fans. >> you get the feeling the olympic park is now open to the public, if you missed that. the swimmers are dominating, winning eight medals in the first two days. gold was won by dana vollmer. savannah was there and got her reaction after the race. that had to be exciting. >> yes. my voice is hoarse from screaming so loud. she did so great, broke a world record. we'll catch up with her. and the men's gymnastics team have never won team all-around in a nonboycotted games. they are entering tonight in first place. and that surprise drama on the women's side with jordyn wieber is coming up. >> also, a woman you may have seen during the opening ceremony making headlines worldwide. we are not talking about the queen, but the mustry woman who crashed the parade of nations walking right alongside the indian flag bearer. details on who she is and how she ended up in the stadium that night. >> and later on, if there were a gold medal for humiliation, we'll know who won it. today at the track to try the olympic sport of
expect there will be crowds lining up behind us for the next couple of weeks. you're starting to feel the excitement in the air. >> it's a great location. you get the lay of the land. that big white thing, that's savannah's trailer. better known as the olympic stadium. the observation tower. the aquatic center. >> amazing. >> you asked me to store your hair and makeup. >> we're going to spend a lot of time in these places over the next couple of weeks. >> yeah. >> makes it real being here now. >> it does. also the pomp and pageantry is already underway this morning. the famed big ben chimed nonstop for 3 minutes to celebrate the first official day of the olympic games. right now a big crowd has gathered at tower bridge awaiting the arrival of the olympic torch to sail by on the queen's barge. the question is whose hands will it be in. matt lauer, we're looking at you. you know. >> you're looking in the wrong place. >> i think it was barry gold water that said i'm not a good leaker. >> we'll work on it. >> we'll pry it out of you or meredith. >> obviously a very big date for britain an
's july 10th. we are so glad you're with us today. >> how are you? >> you know what you're looking like? like you're getting ready for the olympics. i know you're not wearing ralph lauren, but it's that look. it's going to be crisp. >> i don't know if you recall, but you and i have been banned from the olympic games. >> actually, we'll start a whole thing on our facebook. >> about what? >> because people want to see you at the olympics, don't you? i personally am far too busy with important things, but i think hoda needs to go, doggone it. she needs to go and represent egypt at the olympics. >> what's the point? >> we need you guys to go to our facebook. we want thousands to go to say yes we need us some hoda. >> why am i going? what am i doing? >> what do you mean? you can get in trouble for two weeks. i'm thinking about you. i'm concerned about you with that much time off. you never had it in your life. >> i know. does this mean to go and work or have fun? >> no. you're going to work. we want your suggestions. >> what a nice way to begin. all right. let's move on to the tom cruise and
after the opening ceremony but actually began today for some competitors. for example, in soccer the u.s. women take on france today, that's a highly anticipated match. by the way, take a look at the aquack tight centre, one of the great venues over in olympic park and take a look at ryan lochte, one of the stars of the u.s. team getting a little warm-up action in over there. so things are really heating up. >> talk about heating up, there's going to be a fierce competition in the pool from ryan lochte and michael phelps. they will face off as soon as this week. speaking of ryan, another ryan joining us, our special correspondent ryan seacrest will give us the scoop at the aquatic centre. >> we'll be checking out another standout from the u.s. swim team, missy franklin, the 17-year-old known as the missile. she could swim away with seven medals in london. exciting to watch her as well. >> of course, the mayor of london, boris johnson, is quite a character. he's here playing it cool. he's going to be chatting with you a little bit. welcome all of us and welcome the world. >> he's been wor
was. twitter verse has a lot to say about it. we want you to tweet us your guilty pleasure. >> we do. if you're not familiar with twitter, sign up for twitter, then give your guilty pleasure to #guiltypleasure. we'll some of your responses on the air. >> good morning, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. a fiery train wreck explosion in ohio forced the evacuation of homes and businesses within a mile of the crash site. at least two people were injured in the derailment. officials say the burning cars contain ethanol and they plan to let it burn off over the next several hours before reassessing this situation. >>> the jetblue pilot who disrupted his own flight by ranting about religion and terrorists suffered a brief psychotic disorder due to a lack of sleep, according to psychologists who testified at his trial this monday. a judge found clayton osbon not guilty by reason of insanity. he's currently at a mental health facility awaiting another court hearing. the flight from new york to las vegas was safely diverted to texas after passengers subdued the pilot. >>> officials in san ber
and silver on the men's side, but for ryan lochte and the u.s. men's gymnastics team, a day of disappointment. next up, women's gymnastics. the fab five's chance to live up to their name today, tuesday, july 31st, 2012. ♪ >>> and welcome to "today" and to london's olympic park on this tuesday morning. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer. missy franklin came here to london with so much pressure on her shoulders. she was labeled the next big thing in u.s. swimming. and so far she's delivered. >> and you and i were there. we watched her win gold. i had no idea you could scream that loud. >> you know, it's very exciting. we were sitting just down at the end of the pool. when you see that number one go up to missy's name, it's a great moment. >> it was so exciting. chenabed gold and set an american record in the 100 meter backstroke. this is the second medal for her in these games. and hoda kotb, who has made her way to london, talked to missy right after the race. she was eve therein when franklin reunited with her parents for the first time in weeks. we'll have that
. excuse us, for a second, let's live here. >> we had to clean up the drool. >> it was all over. >> all over hoda. >> i love that look on matt. don't you think he should do that all the time? >> all the time. right off the yacht look. >> and that tan on him. >> he's looking good. >> he looks great today, too. anyway, the opening ceremonies are two days ago. matt will host it with meredith. it must be weird for the two of them. >> because they know what's going to happen. >> it's a big secret for the rest of us. i'm excited for friday to see. are you excited for us on friday? >> no, i'm not. i tell you what, i saw what we're going to wear. oh, my gosh. >> tomorrow, we're doing our show on the plaza. friday. we're doing an olympic-themed show. >> we need you guys to show up for us, please. >> it would be humiliating if we go outside. >> if we do our olympic stuff with nobody cheering us on in the ugliest track suits you've ever seen. >> they are hideous. like the old-fashioned from the '80s. >> jane lynch. >> and pull them up. >> never will we be more attractive than friday morning. come
out of state. >> burst into flames. >> we have a lot to get to. natalie, bring us up to date on olympic news. >> as you mentioned the first two days of competition you saw a lot of thrilling victories, but also heartbreaking disappointment. >> michael phelps and ryan lochte. >> reporter: big surprises in the pool. sunday night the men's 4 x 100 relay with superstars michael phelps and ryan lochte leading the way. >> i think the americans are set up well. >> the u.s. started strong but lochte couldn't hold the lead in the final second. >> france will outtouch the americans and lochte. >> the u.s. walking away with silver. france taking gold. >> michael phelps -- >> on saturday phelps and lochte went head to head for the so-called duel in the pool. >> lochte will win. >> lochte crushed the competition scoring his first gold medal of the game. >> it is not michael phelps, the two-time defending olympic champion. dethroned. >> phelps finished fourth without a medal. >> i have a lot of races. the big thing now is putting this behind me and moving on. >> both men are back in the po
-- now she is apparently in scotland. in her concert she uses fake guns as props. >> right. during one of the numbers. >> okay. this isn't actually from her concert but this is the idea of what she does. >> not just her, but it's her backup singers. >> right. i guess the concert organizers asked her in light of what happened in colorado and other things not to use the fake weaponry. >> out of respect for the victims of the massacre. >> yes. and we have a quote from somebody. >> we don't believe it was from liz, her official -- >> but a member of the staff told the huffington post -- her entire career she has fought against people telling her what she can and cannot do and she is not going to start listening to them now. >> so we'd love to know what you think. >> they say it's part of her art. >> i understand the whole artistic concept that you want freedom, but at the same time we are all on this planet together. she talks a lot about peace and talks about through her kabala loving one another. sometimes you have to put your own personal will down for the greater good of the planet and
to work on that. >> absolutely. >> matt, we've been enjoying you quizzing us on olympic trivia. got us thinking how well do you know your olympics. a question for you. what is the olympic -- >> you know what, can i interrupt for a second. >> no. >> no, no, nastia liukin has a wardrobe malfunction, i'm going to have to go. >> wow. >> no, no, no, mr. lauer. >> all right. go ahead. give it your best shot. >> what is the olympic motto in latin, please. >> in latin. >> higher, faster, stronger. >> that's called english. >> i have no idea in latin. highere, strongere. >> no, if you'd studied you'd find it on 32. i have my book. >> when was it introduced actually. that's another good question, which olympics? >> when was what, the motto introduced? >> the motto. >> the motto, today's first family was introduced back in 1992, i believe. >> it is swifter, faster, stronger. >> you're right, it is. it is. >> swifter, faster, stronger. >> all right. swiftly take it back to new york. >> kind of a letdown because he knew the motto. it's annoying. >> we'll stump him. >> we'll check in later. meantime
on her shoulders. she was labeled the next big thing in u.s. swimming. and so far she's delivered. >> and you and i were there. we watched her win gold. i had no idea you could scream that loud. >> you know, it's very exciting. we were sitting just down at the end of the pool. when you see that number one go up to missy's name, it's a great moment. >> it was so exciting. chenabed gold and set an american record in the 100 meter backstroke. this is the second medal for her in these games. and hoda kotb, who has made her way to london, talked to missy right after the race. she was eve therein when franklin reunited with her parents for the first time in weeks. we'll have that touching moment straight ahead and missy's mom and dad will be with us as well. >> also, let's not leave out the men. we mentioned they took gold and silver in the men's 100 meter backstroke. and those two athletes are here with us as well. congratulations to them. we'll talk to them in a second. and tonight, ryan lochte looks to get back to his winning ways in the men's 4 x 200 meter free relay later this morn
>>> good morning. golden girl. u.s. swimmer dana vollmer wins the butterfly setting a world record despite losing a swim cap during the race. while the men's relay team takes silver after a french swimmer overtakes ryan lochte on the final leg. >> france is going to outtouch the americans and lochte. >> and gymnastics, a crushing flow for world champion jordyn wieber. she's out of of the all-around beaten by her own teammate. the women's and men's teams are off to a great start today, the women's and men's teams are off to a great start today, monday, july 30, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" and to london on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. so much excitement in london. it's only day three. plenty of e elation alrey, a little bit of agony and a lot of medal winners for the u.s., many of them with us along with a big crowd of fans. >> you get the feeling the olympic park is now open to the public, if you missed that. the swimmers are dominating, winning eight medals in the first two
on their watch. as the obama campaign indicated to us after our interview, they say they are still not satisfied with romney's answers and believe the american people will want to see more information. a lot more questions still to be asked. >> richard wolf, good morning to you. >> good morning, lester. >> romney did five interviews yesterday trying to refute these allegations. did he do himself any favors? >> on the surface this was a confident, assertive performance by mitt romney. he had tremendous discipline between these various interviews and he certainly tried to land some punches against the obama campaign, but if you look at the substance of what he said, he was so assertive and so clear that i think he left himself a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of problems moving forward. for instance, he told peter he had no responsibility whatsoever for what happened at bain capital. and it's very hard to square that kind of statement with the official documents he signed where, in fact, he had a legal responsibility at ceo and managing director. so this story has some way to run still. >>
using. >> i don't think she did any of them. >> i'll say true. >> i'll say false. the answer is false. betsy ross did not sew nor design the first flag. >> francis hopkinson of new jersey, one of the signers of the declaration of independence. that shows you, if you don't get stuff right early on, the internet gets stuff and gets going and you never know the truth. >> this was before the internet. >> poor florence! >> you want to play dirty, let's go. >> true or false, in the 180 1800s -- you know when that was. >> i've been told by frank. go ahead. >> commercial advertisements were allowed to be printed on the american flag. >> that has to be false. i bet it's true. >> i'm going with true. >> until 1905? >> you could advertise on the flag. >> that seems like defamation to me. >> american flags with only 13 stars are still considered official american flags. i will go with true because i know it's false. what's the answer? true. >> oh, hoda, you're hot today. >> 13 star flags have been in use since 1777. >> why? >> i don't know. now for the tiebreaker. true or false, there was no offi
in on the action and i don't mean meredith vieira, although she will be joining us this morning. i can't wait to see you guys as you get on a plane and arrive here tomorrow morning for your big debut. are you ready? >> yes, i am packed you will know, and have my tea and crumpets ready, as we are excited to come to london. >> all right. we are looking forward to it. let me tell you why just ahead you will see a lot of the royal family at the games. william, kate, and even queen elizabeth say they are full will behind team britain and one of them will try to be at one of the events everyday and we will track down american swimmer michael locte, and he is michael phelps biggest come ppetitor, a we we will talk to him. and also, meredith will talk to us about why this is the game of the women. >> all right. we will check in with you in a little bit. and now a new twist for the missing cousins in iowa and the newest judge on "american idol" is mariah carey. we will get into that story, but we want to begin with the news of james holmes who is the man accused of the movie massacre in colorado frida
-of-the-art stuff our olympians will be using that will make all the difference going for the quest for gold. you can yit, touse it, too, in training. >> always makes you work out better wearing olympic stuff. >> we want to help you blow off steam on twitter. we want you to tell us about your pet peeves, we'll tell you more about that. your pet peeve? >> how much time do you have? >> exactly. finally a use of twitter you can get into. >> exactly. let's go inside. natalie standing by with a look at the headlines. hi, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. security is being reviewed at a small airport in utah after a murder suspect jumped into a passenger jet and tried to take off the man had been a commercial pilot, scaled a fence and boarded a jet tuesday. he crashed the plane in a parking lot at the airport then took his own life. the tsa currently does not require airports to maintain fulltime surveillance of their perimeter fences. one aviation expert says it might be time for tsa to consider that. a scare during the night for oscar winning actress halle berry. she was rushed to a los angeles hos
hanging out in our man cave. [ belching ] >> we're going to talk about dating. that's not us. we're not that gross. >> we're going to talk about the battle of the sexes. >> this is cool. there are a lot of guys looking for work. they're all shlubby and they -- >> they're looking for chicks like us. >> yeah. anyway, they're getting a makeover. so we're going to have a complete makeover. >> we love our guys tell-all panel, ryan serhant, chuck nice, rick younger, and -- remember this guy? from "the bachelor," bob guiney. >> he got married. >> but it didn't work out. >> that's a shame. welcome, bob. we're so glad. >> we're glad to be here. half of them don't, bob. >> one out of two, bob. my first one didn't, hoda's first -- we're all in this together, all right? >> are you comfy? by the way, i get why guys sit in these easy chairs and eat funyuns. >> i don't understand how you get in them. i don't understand how you get out. these things are unbelievable. they're also ugly as sin. but i like it. >> cozy. you got your frank gifford shirt on? >> i wouldn't show up in anything else. we
need a caption contest. we have the family with us, russia to arizona to pennsylvania. tell me about the weather difference from russia to arizona. >> it was 17 below and we adopted one of our sons from russia. we were living in arizona, it was 100 degrees. we moved to pennsylvania, now we're visiting here. which do you like the most, what temperatures? >> my husband likes pennsylvania, i like arizona. >> i don't know what to tell you. each take one kid and live in two separate places. let's have a look at temperatures across the country and forecast for the day today. it's going to be oppressively hot. nothing for those living in arizona. come on, 100 degrees. 10 to 15 degrees above average across the country. here are some of our hottest spots, 11 states are going to break 100 degrees today. it is certainly dog days of summer. all thanks to this high >> good morning. we had some rain last night. there could be some rain lingering this morning. a mixture of sun and clouds. >>> tamron, back inside to you. >> thanks. this morning on "today's" travel, hotel room germs. a university of
to stump us with his trivia. >> perhaps. >>> up ahead, one of the big issues here is security, keeping the games safe. coming up we'll show you impressive new technology they are using to make sure everything goes off at planned. >> also catch up with some young u.s. olympians, five swimmers. one of them is the youngest member of team usa. >> you might be wondering, how will the royals spend the olympics, what venues will they be going to, can they get tickets? i don't know. the queen's granddaughter is competing. we're going to share their plans with you. >> good. we can follow them around, perhaps. first a check on the top news stories. we've got hoda kotb holding down the fort in new york. hoda, good morning once again. >> reporter: single handedly. officials are trying to find out if any taxpayer money was used to pay for the massacre in colorado. james holmes, a former phd candidate at a medical college had been supported by a $26,000 federal grant before dropping out of school. officials are going over financial records. meantime, batman star christian bale visited wounded shooti
. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, natalie morales, al roker, and ryan seacrest helping us out once again this morning. good to have you here. >>> coming up, one of the most anticipated events of these games, the team final in women's gymnastics competition. the fab five favored to win gold but will face big competition from the women from russia. we're going to preview the action straight ahead. >>> and then 17-year-old missy franklin swimming to gold monday, but it's not just her skill in the pool that makes her a star. bob costas will explain. >>> all right. then we're going to do some more cooking with jamie oliver and some of his very adorable friends. all right. but first your rundown of the olympic highlights of the morning. >> here she comes in lane five. >> reporter: 17-year-old missy franklin winning her first-ever olympic gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke. >> yes! >> reporter: the colorado teen swam the event just 14 minutes after competing in a semifinal. >> whooo! >> reporter: her reaction just moments after the big win. >> it's impossible to describe. i c
for spending a good portion of their morning with us, we want to tell you that i'm matt lauer, along with savannah guthrie and al roker. we have one of the biggest superstars and. she's an extremely busy lady, the mother of four wins, she's got a new movie out tomorrow, she has tours and records. she makes all her own clothes -- maybe not all of her own clothes. we're going to catch up with j-lo coming up in just a little while. >> and we have our in-house celebrities who are here to talk about the hot topic of the day, and morgan freeman, the famous actors, an obama supporter, has made comments about the president's race that some people say have raised some eyebrows. and then is it appropriate to hug in the workplace? >> only at times. >> well, we'll get into that. we voted yet. >> and the answer to a lot of wardrobe problems for ladies. the little white tee. we'll tell you how to dress it up and dress it down. and we are looking for today's best home chef. we want to you submit your best barbecue side dish, coleslaw, beans, corn on the cobb. not a hard one -- >> potato salad. >> c
swept out to sea by a massive wave while on an adventure trip. his heart broken parents will join us to open up about their son and ask questions about the tragedy today, wednesday, july 11th, twomp. tragedy today, wednesday, july 11th, twomp. 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. we do have breaking news. that overnight train derailment and explosion in columbus. it happened to the southeast of the hawaii state university campus. >> it shook up a lot of people. witnesses say a huge fireball lit up the sky and a chemical smell filled the air. right now investigators aren't sure exactly what caused that crash. as we said, the area around the site has been evacuated as a precaution. we're going to have the latest on this story coming up just ahead. >>> also ahead this morning police released the frantic 911 call made after
, 2012, united states air force brass been here all morning helping us celebrate and entertaining our crowd. great way to kick off independence day holiday here on the plaza. i'm natalie morales along with lovely and charming willie geist. >> what you can't see at home, natalie just conducted. >> i'm an air force brat so that song does something to me. >> rain flowing through, fireworks. >> getting ready. coming up, steals and deals, our july 4th edition, we're going patriotic. here with up to 70% on jewelry, leather, travel bags, pastamakers and other great items all at exclusively great prices for you, our "today" viewer. >> that sounds like a good deal. i've got another good deal. how about traveling the world for free. >> better deal. >> we'll meet a guy who did it by taking on odd-jobs along the way to pay for the journey. wait until you hear what the guy did. >> later, if you find yourself suddenly in the spirit for throwing a backyard bash, we'll help you out. we've got food and drink ideas, patriotic decorations, last-minute ideas for today's holiday. first let's get a check o
th. we're so happy you are here with us today. >> we certainly are. >> we are really glad to hear you were with us yesterday. >> talk about a reaction to our guys show. >> it was just a bunch of guys. >> we had a bunch of guys on our show. and they apparently -- my feet look huge! >> don't they? >> that is terrible. oh, my gosh. no, that's aa camera angle. that's awful! >> they are size 12. come on. >> i wear 9 1/2 on a good day. those are like skis. here's the other thing. those were a big hit. >> what are they called, cozies? >> funyons made a big hit. thanks to our guys. >> everyone wanted one of these cozies. here's the news. you can't really have one. >> they were only made up for the show. but may i suggest to the geniuses over of there, in that building -- >> coors light. >> -- make them. they're great. >> and they're great for a cold beverage on a hot day. very, very nice. but you weren't into the coors light. >> i like a cold light beer when eating maryland crab. i like that, but we weren't doing that yesterday. one group of friends i want to say a very quick hello to there.
be taking the rest of the week off and hanging out with us. we hope that you are and enjoying yourself. >> we are cranky. >> everyone is heading back to work. we found some interesting statistics and information you all should know about. >> we want to make you as cranky about as we are. >> join us. traffic noise is linked to heart attacks. something to worry about if you live in the city like new york or wherever. a study says people who live with loud sounds of traffic noise near their home had a higher risk of heart attack. >> for every 10 decibel increase there was a 12% higher risk of heart attacks. if there is a gazillion decibels, you're maybe 1% closer to having a heart attack? it's exponential, i thought. >> don't confuse me with fancy words. i think there is probably a lot of stress where you live. i live in new york. on the corner where i am. >>> we share the same building. >> we do. you're way up on the something floor and i'm down on the floor. >> i like living above people. >> of course you do. there is a hospital. >> not on my side. >> you hear ambulances. but i think yo
to come here, which is fascinating. >> they gave to charity, not to us personally. we should let you know. big, big, big amounts and we welcome them all. thank you so much. >> all right. this is the coolest thing ever and you're going to want to get in on this game. there is now, this is in singapore in 7-elevens in singapore, may be coming to the united states, a mashed potato machine. it makes the mashed potatoes come out like a slurpee. look how it works. you put your cup under there. here come the mashed potatoes. >> looks a little watery, aren't they? >> no. keep looking. now the chicken gravy. plop it. you take it just like that. they are very popular. people want a nice warm comfort food thing. it's like a slurpee machine. >> ooh! >> they are only available in singapore, but maybe here soon. we would like to know if you think this is a like or not. we say like. anyway, it may be coming here soon. we just don't know. >> just what we need with our obese society. we need more mashed potatoes and gravy! >> you want to traalk about a b baby? >> no. she's big and beautiful, a healthy chi
>>> back now with more "today" on this thursday morning, july 5, 2012. still hanging out with us all morning long here on the plaza. this may be the best day if it gets too hot. coming up if you forget names right after you meet someone, i do that. too much time searching for your cell phones or your keys? i do that. sometimes it's called mommy brain. does your wife have this? >> absolutely. >> i think you feel like you're losing your minds. is it true? is there such a thing as mommy brain? we do have an exercise for your brain this morning that will help you with your memory. >> before you toss out the stack of cd you have, ratty old clothes, we're going to show you how to reuse it to save cash and be kinder to the environment while you do it. and we have new details on the katie holmes/tom cruise split. what role, if any, did scientology play and who will get custody of suri? >> plus, nouit's not just what eat but it can be how and when you eat that might be stalling your weight loss. first let's get a check on the news. let's go to tamron hall. >> good morning, everyone. an ea
natalie morales. al is at the u.s. ambassador's residence. he's hanging out with the first lady. matt is busy preparing. >> got a big job. everywhere we go we see the briefing he carries, probably weighs 10 pounds. >> we joke about it but it's a lot. >> all the athletes and stories. more than 60,000 people will be inside that stadium including presidential hopeful mitt romney who joined us here earlier this morning. we're going to hear from the governor on the games and some of the controversy over his criticism of london's readiness. >> of course we introduced you to the u.s. gymnastic team this morning led by jordyn wieber and gabby douglas. coming up we're going to talk to their beautiful and very proud moms. >> i have to imagine nervous as well. we'll get a sneak peek at the fashions the athletes will be wearing in london, including the speedos. >> who is going to model the speedo, that is the question. first the top of the morning stories. natalie, we'll join you for that. >> presidential hopeful mitt romney is trying to stop a firestorm he sparked when he questioned whether lond
meredith vieira, although she will be joining us. can't wait to see you guys as you get on a plane and arrive tomorrow morning. we have a lot planned for your big debut. are you getting ready? >> yes. i finally packed you'll be happy to know. please have my tea and crumpettes ready. we're excited to come to london. >> we're looking forward to it. let me tell you why ahead you may be seeing a lot of the royal family at the games. they have vowed they are fully behind team britain at these games. some of them say they will try to go to at least one event every single day. we'll tell you about that. also we'll track down american swimmer ryan lochte. he should probably be michael phelps biggest competition here. you may think olympic athletes are all work and no play, ryan is a guy who likes to let loose, even to the point of breaking a bone every once in a while. meredith will stop by to explain why this is the year of the women at the olympic games, savannah. >> we'll keep hammering that home with you. we'll check in a bit. >>> a new twist in the search for the twins. >>> the newest
to be a really significant day, not just for her, but for her entire family. her father is going to join us for an exclusive interview on "today." >> a brave young woman right there. >>> and tom cruise and katie holmes, they're the latest celebrity couple to call it quits. they join a long list, though, of famous twosomes to go their separate ways. it is a very important topic. we're going to look at why hollywood couples cannot seem to stay together. i say it sarcastically, but they don't. >> as someone said to me, they say it would never last and it didn't. so -- >> and it didn't. >> it has been nearly a year since casey anthony was acquitted on charges she killed her daughter. coming up this morning, we're going to look at her life since then. >>> but we begin this morning with this record shattering heat wave. the weather channel's mike sidle is in washington, d.c. this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, peter. that giant wind storm on friday night knocked down thousands of trees and one of those is on this street in northwest washington. this is about as big as they come. a
. >> the kids are here. >> they started child help which battles child abuse. just use your imagination. >> the kids are here. >> the grandchildren are here. >> sweet. >> they've spent their entire life helping children who are abused. it's now up to five children a day that are killed, every of day, by neglect or abuse. wow. >> so god bless them for their work. >> absolutely. okay, guys, if you want exciting video, you might want to watch this. there was a woman who was fishing off a freshwater canal off of south carolina. she is pulling a fish, a big one. an even bigger one takes a bite. take a look at this thing. >> oh, [ bleep ]! >> let's listen to all the bleeping. >> that was scary. >> you know what, that has happened to me. >> what, a shark? >> yes. but we were in a boat in the keys. >> in a boat. >> it looked like a shark. a big, big -- >> took a chunk out of the fish you were pulling in? >> yeah, took the fish and took the line and went off with it. that's when you let it go. >> there was a lot of cursing going on there, too. >> well, you know. but sharks have to eat, too. >> y
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